meet theBlack Russian Terrier


Training &Temperament

Today, Black Russian Terriers are more likely to be guarding suburban families than political prisoners. They are intimidating and dominating—not a good fit for novice owners. But these smart, sensitive dogs train beautifully when a firm but loving touch is applied. Lots of early socialization helps Black Russian Terriers determine what is and isn’t a true threat to their adored humans.

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Did You Know?

The Black Russian Terrier is AKC's 151st breed.

As insinuated by the name, the only acceptable color in the Black Russian Terrier is black.

The Black Russian was created in part due to Red Star Kennels, an army-controlled Soviet kennel dedicated to developing special-duty breeds.

Despite its name, the Black Russian is a member of the Working Group and not the Terrier Group.

The Black Russian was developed through selective interbreeding of many breeds including Rottweilers, Giant Schnauzers, and Airedales by the Russian military.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Salt & Pepper 167
Black & Tan 018
Blue 037
Sable 164


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code